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High school graduation rate 63 percent in Chicago

CHICAGO – The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district's high school graduation rate is on track to be 63 percent this school year.

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the figure on Tuesday morning. They say Chicago high school seniors could set the highest-ever graduation rate.

A decade ago the graduation rate was 44 percent. It rose to 58 percent during the 2010-2011 school year and 61 percent last year.

CPS has more than 400,000 students.

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